So, I'm out in Palm Springs for the weekend with my wife and son and I took my road bike along so that I could get in a couple rides in during the early morning before it got oppressively hot. I rode 20 miles on Friday and another 20 miles yesterday. I was about 15 miles into my ride yesterday riding down Rt 111 in Rancho Mirage towards Palm Springs when some jackass in a Toyota Tundra buzzed me. I threw my left hand into the air to express my displeasure at how close he passed me (traffic was very very light and I was on a road with 3 lanes in each direction-no bike lanes).
Anyway, right after my hand gesture he slows to a stop not far ahead of me. I immediately tried to determine if he had a passenger in his truck but couldn't tell right away so I decided to try to go around his stopped truck on the left rather than have him force me off the side of the road. As I rode up along side him he accelerated to stay with me and started confronting me. He said something about another cyclist who was killed riding on this particular road to which I responded that I have every right to be riding on this road as he does (I actually yelled that at him since he was yelling at me).
Meanwhile, he's matching my speed and forcing me out into the next lane at the same time. Then he accused me of flipping him off, which I absolutely did not do and I told him so, then he took a swing at me just brushing my right arm. Traffic is coming up behind us now and I'm all the way into the third lane with people honking at us. He proceeds to drive off and I'm left wondering what the hell this guy's problem is.
I just shrugged the whole experience off and continue on my ride trying not to be pissed off about it since I'm okay. Then about a 1/2 mile up the road I see someone standing at a corner and quickly realize it's the same idiot who I just had the confrontation with. He's waiting for me and pointing to the intersection and as I ride by he's screaming that this is where that other cyclist was killed and that he was killed because he was a "fscking prick, just like you are."
I rode by him veering out into the roadway to avoid getting into a physical confrontation with this guy who is obviously unstable...not to mention he was about 100lbs heavier than me. So, I got a pretty good description of his vehicle and of him so I phoned it in to the Riverside County Sheriff's office. Hopefully, they'll pick this a-hole up at some point before he kills someone (a long shot but I remain hopeful).
I wished I had my cell phone...which I did not. I also wish I took note of his license plate number. I'd press charges against that dirty scumbag in a heartbeat.